Sitting on Chrome

If you haven’t already heard, Google is now in the browser competition along side with Firefox and Internet Explorer. Much like other Google product, Chrome is easy to use and very minimal. If you’re in the market for a new browser, Google Chrome is worth the download.

When I first launched Chrome, I noticed a blank page with the Google logo on the side. I noticed a side bar that contained some of my bookmarks and since they were the last pages that I visited, I also thought that the sidebar contained my browsing history. As I started to browse the internet with Chrome, I noticed that every time I opened up a new page, it would take me to the home page where it shows my most recent history.

The good thing about his home page is that a screen shot of the visited pages were shown. It’s a lot nicer to look at than a list of words. On this page is also a list of recently closed tabs. So basically, there’s a lot of history viewing on this first page. In a way, it’s nice to have since there is only a hand full of sites that I visit daily. So instead of having to type out the addresses every time, I just click on the links. It makes surfing around a lot faster.

The address bar of Chrome acts as both an address bar and a Google search. As your typing in the address, it performs a Google search and displays the results for you. It’s very handy to have since you won’t have to go to Google to perform the search. You simply type the search term that you’re looking for and it will look around and give you the result and inform you how many hits it has found. Firefox has a search bar built in but it’s not real time. You have to type and then hit Enter to make it perform the search where as Chrome does the searching as you type.

Another cool feature is the dynamic tab. In Firefox, you can move the tabs around and change the order but in Chrome, you can move the tab around or you can drag it out and have it opened in its own window. The cool thing about that is if a page crashes, just that one window crash and not all of Chrome.

If you think any of the pages is loading slowly, you can check to see how much memory is being consumed by each page. Chrome has a built in Task Manager so you can see which page is doing what. You can even close that specific page from the Task Manager if you wanted to. If a page was to freeze in Firefox, Firefox would restart and then re-launch itself. In Chrome, you just close the page that’s causing the problem.

If you want to search around the internet and not worry about leaving tracks, you can open the browser in Incognito mode. Every site that you visit will not be stored in the browsers history so no one will ever you that you visited those “questionable” websites.

Google Chrome has only been out for a few days and it’s still in beta mode but I’m sure that it’ll gain popularity pretty quickly. It’s so simple and easy to use. It comes with some handy functions and some nice features. The only down side that I’ve found so far is that Hotmail does not yet support Chrome so when you want to go check your email, Hotmail will recommend that you upgrade your browser. Other than that, Chrome has a good chance of being my default browser.

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